How the classes are taught at Ashtanga Yoga Newquay;
All classes are taught in the traditional "Mysore"self-practice style, which is the traditional way of practicing Ashtanga yoga. Mysore is the city in South India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R.Saraswathi Jois and his grandson R.Sharath Jois teach Ashtanga Yoga at their yoga school called KPJAYI (Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute).
In these classes students are taught individually within a group setting. This allows each student to be taught gradually according to their individual needs and abilities. They receive adjustments and instruction when appropriate, but are also left to practice without unnecessary distraction or interruption. Thus the practice imbues itself in the student. This quiet and supportive environment fosters a deeper and more personal experience of the yoga method and is ideal for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
Ashtanga yoga can be practiced by anyone regardless of age, cultural background or physical ability. All that is required is enthusiasm, a desire to learn and some commitment. It is a detailed science that is learnt over the course of several years. It often becomes a life long undertaking.
All classes at Ashtanga Yoga Newquay are taught by either Steve Lapham or Sachi Lapham, or by both, who are level 2 authorised Ashtanga Yoga teachers by KPJAYI and have been studying annually since 2004 at the source.
We offer early morning classes daily from Sunday to Friday, and private/group lessons. For more details, see the "Class Schedule" page. There is no class on Saturdays and on the full and new moon days. You can find out when is the next full/new moon day from our "Moon Days" page.
It is recommended to take practice regularly at least 3-4 times per week (eventually 6 days per week except Moon days), and you can use your monthly pass or tickets according to your schedule.
There will be monthly conference (subject will vary depending on what the students need at that time) free of charge for monthly pass students, and it will be announced in advance.
New to Ashtanga Yoga?
No worries! Anyone who intends to learn Ashtanga yoga is most welcome to join us including complete beginners to yoga and advanced practitioners. This is a great place to learn Ashtanga Yoga from beginning step by step according to yoga tradition.
Those students who are new to Ashtanga yoga are expected to make a commitment to keep practicing at least for a month continuously. In the beginning, it will take about 30 mins for practice and slowly it will build up to 1.5 hours more or less, and it depends on individuals.